Callum Smith Knocks Out George Groves To Reign As WBA Super Champion
Britain’s Callum Smith knocked out his compatriot George Groves in Saudi Arabia, dethroning the more experienced fighter to claim the World Boxing Association super middleweight title and the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy. Smith, 28, knocked out the 30-year-old Groves in the seventh of 12 rounds, capping a winning streak in his 25th bout, with 18 knockouts overall. Groves’ career record is now 28 wins out of 32 fights, with 20 knockouts.
Smith’s height worked to his advantage at Friday night’s bout in Jeddah: the Liverpudlian, who stands 1.91 metres to Groves’ 1.82m, towered over the the title defender as he delivered fast right-hand hooks, met with a quick left-handed punch by Groves. But Smith caught Groves with a left hook off the temple nearly two minutes into the seventh round, followed by a fast flurry as Groves stumbled into the ropes and hit the floor.